Deadliest Hiking Trails In The World

Are you bored of your everyday hiking trails? Do your local mountains no longer offer you any challenge? Are you looking for the next adrenaline pumped track? Well then you have come to the right place… or should I say you have clicked on the right blog!

So let’s get straight to it! Let’s talk about some of the deadliest hiking trails in the world...

El Caminito Del Rey, Spain

Ok, so let’s start off the list with a nice easy one shall we… only joking! El Caminito Del Rey is pretty frickin’ scary! It first came about as a walkway for people who were working between two hydroelectric power plants as a means to gain access to each plant. The walkway is a meter wide and sits 100 meters above the river!

Conditions of the trail are pretty sketchy at times, and part of the walkway had to be closed off for over a decade due to how unsafe it was! It has been noted as the world's most dangerous walkway due to five people dying between 1999 and 2000.

Drakensberg Traverse, South Africa

If you fancy a 65km trek along high-edged mountain sides then this hike really is for you. This trail offers amazing views along the way and you cover all types of ground such as buttresses, ridges, gorges, and like I just said, high-edged trails. Doesn’t sound too bad right? Well, you need to be self sufficient and your level of fitness needs to be on point to hike this trail. But the stories and experiences you will take from this trip will be worth your while… it’s no surprise that it’s on most, if not all, hiker's bucket list walks.

Mount Hua Shan, China

So does the sound of boards bolted into the side of a 7,000 foot peak interest you? If the answer is yes, then you will love the Mount Hua Shan trail. The mountain itself has five peaks and the super scary plank walk is located on the mountain's highest peak… because of course it would be!

The views and scenery are breathtaking and really do offer one of a kind views, but be prepared to queue...yes, queue!!!!! as this mountain is a pretty popular tourist hot spot. You really have to have a head for heights to complete this challenge!

Via Ferrata, Italy

By now you should have heard of Via Ferrata! And the routes in Italy are perfect for those who want to dip their toes in this type of activity. The Italian routes stem from the first world war when soldiers set these routes up across the mountains to fight the opposition. There are over 700 trails you can take all with unique view points… again this is why it's a popular spot for newcomers.

Via Ferrata allows access to some of the best views in the Dolomites and you can do it with ease, because again these routes were set up for soldiers who had little to no climbing experience. So as long as you have good fitness and a head for heights you will be fine!

Daikiretto, Japan

This is a knife-edge ridge which is perched sky high in the peaks of the Kita Alps. The Daikiretto is a lethal traverse that twists its way above valleys and has been dubbed by most who climb it as the most technically challenging ridge for any hiker to tackle. And all this can be done without technical equipment...good news!

Sadly it’s known that you can easily become a statistic on this mountain… and I am not talking about the statistic of summiting it! From a glance it doesn’t look too bad. That’s until you are up close and personal to its rock face. This trail is a scrambler’s… errrrrm, dream?!...but you have to be super careful as even seasoned pros have lost their lives here.

Crib Goch, Wales

The most classic route to take up this mountain is from east to west, from the Pyd track to the ‘bad step’ when you have to really prove your scrambling skills! It’s a hot favourite for hikers and climbers and is one of the most photographed mountains in Wales… other than the people who get the train up to the top of Snowdon!

If your scrambling skills aren’t up to scratch or are completely non existent, then we would recommend you leave this trail and mountain alone! Before you tackle this beast, maybe hit up Tryfan to sharpen up your skills and abilities first! Crib Goch is for the hiker with a head for heights and has been regarded as a ‘grade 1’ scramble spot...the least technical grade. Don’t let that fool you though, it may be classed under the least technical grade, but by no ends does this mean this hike is easy!!

And there we have just some of the deadliest trails in the world. Did we miss any out that you think should have been included? Have you hiked any of these deadly trails? Feel free to share your experiences with us and your fellow outdoor adventurers in the comments.

Happy hiking!


Author: Shaun Johnson

Edited by: Gemma Johnson